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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 6. 1967.



Russell Fairbrother

There has been a move at sports committee level to introduce more stringent eligibility rules for members of the individual sporting bodies associated with the University.

A motion moved by Mr. R. Grant, and seconded by Mr. J. Anderson, that requirements similar to those for tournaments be imposed on the clubs as from a suggested date of 1970 was eventually withdrawn after discussion.

It was replaced by three motions. The first moved by Mr. A. Morrison and seconded by Grant was to the effect that the committee felf the need for standards of eligibility to be imposed on affiliated clubs. This was carried and followed by motions setting up a sub-committee. comprising Messrs. Morrison, Corry and Grant to consider these standards and report back to the next full meeting of the committee.

At the last meeting of sports committee the subcommittee had not yet reached a decision. There are two schools of thought within the sub-committee. One school feels that the time is not yet ripe for the imposition of eligibility requirements because top teams might be weakened. This could result in their relegation to lower grades in the town competition.

The other stream of thought stems from an article by English correspondent Vivian Jenkins during the Lion's tour last year, in this he referred to the "grand old men of university sport." This second stream feels that requirements should be introduced now before the situation described by Jenkins grows worse and that renewed student interest in their own clubs would overcome the initial setback it is feared would be suffered.